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Our department has a dynamic mix of faculty with outstanding educational preparation, research, and expertise in clinical practice. We are housed in a state of the art facility within a nationally ranked research-focused university.

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The Department of Physical Therapy has offered outstanding educational programs in physical therapy since 1964. Currently, we offer:

B.S. in Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Science

Program for students interested in working with individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life, access, and participation in their community.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program for students who want to become physical therapists.

Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Physical Therapy for Underserved Populations

For physical therapists and DPT students who want to provide primary care physical therapy (PT) services in an interprofessional team to underserved communities and marginalized populations.

PhD in Rehabilitation Science

Program for students who seek to advance rehabilitation knowledge by participating in specialized research and teaching opportunities.

Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

Program for physical therapists interested in specializing in neurologic physical therapy.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Program for physical therapists interested in specializing in orthopedic physical therapy.

Latest News

  • David Morris Honored as UAB Distinguished Professor
    The UAB Department of Physical Therapy Department Chair, David Morris, has been recognized by UAB as a Distinguished Professor. This is the highest rank a faculty member can achieve at UAB.
  • Chapleau becomes first person from the SHP to win the UAB Outstanding Advisor Award for an Advising Administrator
    Kristin Chapleau, MaE, director of the Office of Student Services and Advising has been selected as the UAB CAA Outstanding Advisor Award – Advising Administrator recipient. She becomes the first person from the School of Health Professions to win this award.
  • Natasha Brooks: Advocacy for Positive Change
    Third year Physical Therapy student, Natasha Brooks, has always had an interest in PT advocacy. In anticipation of Capitol Hill Day 2024, we asked Brooks a few questions about her Capitol Hill Day Student Scholarship.